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Rummenigge warns RB Leipzig to dial it down over Timo Werner

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Bayern Munich’s CEO argues that “Lawn-Ball” Leipzig’s bold declarations about Timo Werner could backfire.

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to Bild about RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner after Bayern Munich’s victory over Gladbach on Saturday. While answering KHR threw a jab at Leipzig:

I would give Lawn-Ball (Rasenball) — that’s what they’re called after all, I think — the advice to not go about their roster affairs so offensively. Because sometimes you get it wrong. I have a lot of experience in this business. And when someone goes about their transfers so offensively, like Lawn-Ball, it’s not in their best interest.

A few of the people in charge at Leipzig have spoken on the subject. Sporting director and interim manager Ralf Ragnick averred that Werner would not leave for Bayern on a free transfer, as many stars have done in the past.

A case like Leon Goretzka and Robert Lewandowski will not not happen between us and Timo Werner and Bayern. This option does not exist. Timo and his agent know this.

Werner is under contract until the summer of 2020. RB Leipzig’s chairman said that they have a clear agreement with Werner’s agent that Werner will either extend with Leipzig this summer or transfer. Red Bull’s founder has even said that Werner “definitely won’t be cheap.”

It seems that those in charge at Leipzig are tired of Bayern getting big stars on free transfers, most notably Robert Lewandowksi. Even recently, Leon Groetzka and Sebastian Rudy both came free to Bayern. An ultimatum of extend or transfer would ensure that Leipzig gets something out of the deal and that Werner can’t just walk away for free — but then at what price?

When asked whether there there has been an agreement made between Bayern and Werner, Rummenigge said, “I will confirm absolutely nothing. Rumors confirm absolutely nothing.”